"True fitness is an active embrace of life with movement being the essence." ~ Nia® co-founders, Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas
"Love Your Body, Love Your Life" ~ The Nia Technique®
"While experiencing my first Nia® class tears rolled down my cheek. My emotions were stirring, my spirit was soaring, and pure bliss had been ignited from movement & music that felt good inside and out! After almost twenty years, I had finally found what I had been searching for in fitness & wellness, as well as fulfilling my artistic desire as a dancer. As I stepped in to that first Nia® class, I had rediscovered myself and reconnected to my body spiritually, emotionally, and physically. I was immediately hooked! It was truly a magical experience for me and continues to be one.
While reveling in the beauty of Nia’s® many holistic benefits as a student, I decided to turn that passion towards teaching Nia® and earned my White Belt Certification. Practicing, sharing, and promoting the "Joy of Nia®" is the path I find most pleasurable. With my years of experience as a classroom teacher and background in dance, I relish the opportunities to share my joy of teaching and love of expressive movement through my Nia® classes.
During the fast-paced schedule of our daily family life, the gift of Nia® has helped me maintain balance within my self, marriage, family, and community. To have found exactly what I needed and had been craving for so long is such a personal relief. The fire in me has been relit thanks to the beautiful & ongoing benefits of Nia® that continue to inspire me as well as those I have the pleasure of sharing it with."
~ Liz, Partner 'On The Move', Licensed Nia® Instructor
"Always on the move, I’ve been an avid runner, yogi, weight lifter, Zumba gal, biker, boot camper, you name it. I’ve liked and disliked my workouts, usually enjoying my playlist most. My upper body was strong and my lower body was in shape but never quite ‘whole’. My feet were confined in expensive footwear, and I was usually nursing a pulled or strained ______. You fill in the blank. Perhaps you’ve been there?
In January 2006, I walked into a strange venue not knowing a soul and had no idea what to expect. What I did know is that I was SO ready for a different style of workout that would show results, nurture the holistic me and MOST IMPORTANT it had to be FUN!!! I found Nia and immediately felt the ‘click’. Everything I love and believe in that will stimulate me and my entire life focus in one beautiful art form ~ Nia®.
Nia, encourages me to play with and move my body in accordance with its design and function “The Body’s Way”. Consistent practice had me noticing my core was strong and curvy and inches were falling off. Was I beginning to see a ‘dancer’s body’? Yes! It’s me! Throw in grace, strength, energy, and a sense of calm all working together to improve my balance, reflexes, stamina and most important....... a love for myself and my body!
Six years later, I obtained my White and Green Belts in Nia® Instruction. My former experience in management as well as my Clinical Social Work License has allowed me to inspire others as facilitator, educator, and counselor. True to the social work philosophy, I believe one part of the system affects the whole. With Nia®, I reap holistic benefits. nurturing my body, mind, spirit and emotions.
I love to connect with people. My friends are an eclectic group and you might describe my home decor and taste in music the same way. My hobbies and experiences are vast and colorful. I believe in working hard and playing hard, and what you give you get back two-fold. I’ve been married for 19 years to a great guy who supports and puts up with my adventures and me. My twin ten-year-olds keep me young, busy, and honest.
I want to invite you to step into a new sensation. Leave your inhibitions and expectations behind, and join me for Nia®, and notice the difference! It’s time…"
~ Carleen, Partner 'On The Move', Licensed Nia® Instructor
"If you've not tried Nia, I highly encourage you to check it out. It is life-changing! I recommend taking at least 3 classes before making any judgement, because they are always different. While I'm recommending…I can't say enough about this dynamic duo Liz Lane and Carleen Weber! They bring it every time! I am stronger in mind, body and spirit because of Nia. It truly is the workout I crave and never have to talk myself into going." https://www.facebook.com/onthemovewithlizandcarleen
~ Angela, Nia® student
"As a retired person and Grandmother of six the Nia® program is becoming a “WONDERFUL” experience and one that I look forward to each week. It is RELAXING, COMFORTABLE and PEACEFUL exercise. As a person who is NOT athletic or particularly graceful, I see healthy progress at MY own pace! Simply, a wonderful way to Feel Better, have FUN and interact with some really nice people!"
~ Sharon, Nia® student
"When I first started taking Nia® classes 2 years ago, I remember thinking "this is an easy workout...I'm barely breaking a sweat". Fast forward a month and I was drenched in sweat after one hour of Nia®. It works for all fitness levels, and you set the intensity. Liz and Carleen are constantly coming up with fun routines and they bring an amazing energy to their classes. The playlists are always new and exciting. Nia® is truly the whole package incorporating dance, martial arts, yoga, and strength training all into one workout. Unlike other fitness regimens, Nia® focuses on the total self...mind, body, and spirit. A fitness program should be something you look forward to doing, and it shouldn't be painful. I can honestly say Nia® is something I crave. Because of Nia® I'm in the best shape of my life, and better yet, I get to dance and have fun with an amazing group of friends."
~ Andrea, Nia® student
"I had heard others talking about Nia® for some time before I got up the courage to try a class. I hope others don't wait as long as I did to give it a try! I love every aspect of Nia®...the moves, the music, the instructors, and the science behind it. I get a great full body workout at every session and leave feeling recharged and energized for the day. The added benefit for me is that the healing aspect of Nia® has helped me deal with lower back pain. When my back is acting up, I know that a Nia® workout will help me move safely and improve my range of motion. In the beginning I came for exercise. Now I keep coming back for pleasure and strength of my mind, body, and spirit!"
~ Sue, Nia® student
"I retired recently and really wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I attended this class a while back and laughed all the way through it. At first, I didn’t get it but then I returned again and again. Now, it is part of my routine. It gives me a lift and even helps me with my back. I am more flexible and able to do a few things that I didn’t think I could do. Admittedly, I am not as graceful as others but you never feel embarrassed to be yourself here. The level of professionalism is at the highest level from the moment you enter. Both Liz Lane and Carleen Weber bring forth such grace and professionalism, you will feel at ease and welcomed. I highly recommend this class for anyone of any age at any level!"
~ Jo, Nia® student
"Nia® is the only exercise program that I have ever looked forward to attending! It is not just a "class," it is a holistic experience that my body loves!"
~ Diane, Nia® student
"I came to my first Nia® class not knowing what to expect. I'm honestly not a very coordinated person and I had no background in dance or any type of exercise class. I was very intimated during my first class because it was a type of exercise that I had never done before. I know I felt like everyone was watching me...when in fact, no one was. I felt like I was one step behind and always trying to keep up. I told myself that I couldn't make a decision based off of one class, so I came back for another. I found that it got easier to follow the movements and found after my second class that I wanted to come back again. Liz and Carleen are the most positive, encouraging women and such a joy to be around. As I truly reflect on what Nia® means to me and why I love it, it all comes down to Nia® being a movement that allows me to connect my mind, body and soul. I find that through the motions that we do that I'm able to release all of the emotions and feelings that I have kept bottled up all week. It helps to keep me feeling balanced when as a mom, wife, and friend we get pulled in so many different directions." ~ Nicole, Nia® student
"Why I love Nia®...On The Move with Liz & Carleen!! Nia® has been the best new discovery for me. I began over 2 years ago now, and I am completely hooked! If you haven't tried it, you should! It can take a few classes to feel comfortable, but once you do its so powerful. It allows you the chance to listen to your own body, heart and soul. Liz and Carleen artfully guide you in the movement of dance, but your own connection comes from within. Nia® clears your mind while strengthening your body. Its cardio, toning, dancing, yoga, and sometimes laughing, singing, and just being. Nia®, its wonderful teachers, and students have been a blessing in my life! Love you all!"
~ Kristi, Nia® student
"Why I love NIA® ! Since I was in my 20's I have done a variety of fitness activites. Aerobics, step, kickboxing, running, boot camp, weight lifting, yoga, walking, Zumba, etc. etc. etc. I still do some of these when I can't get to NIA®. When I starting going to NIA® about a year ago my exercise was transformed. It didn't feel like exercise it felt like freedom. I felt like NIA® took all the movements I loved and included the music I love, and then touched a part of my spirit like no other form of movement had. During that year I needed to recover from a knee injury and was able to change my level of movement to accomadate without feeling like I needed to keep up with the person next to me. Now that my knee is recovered I love challenging myself to move freer.
Thank you to Carleen and Liz for sharing their movement and spirits at NIA®."
~ Robin, Nia® student
"When I first began Nia®, I liked the regular exercise and the way my body felt after class, as if I could do anything. I began to enjoy the atmosphere Liz and Carleen create with the lighting and music. They began every class with a particular Nia® focus and explained way it's helpful in everyday life. They combined various types of exercises such as Tai Chi and yoga. They always showed various stages of exercise. They closed class with floor exercises and deep breathing, very relaxed. I became pregnant, and because of Nia® I can use methods that they taught to still pick up items off the floor and get back up again. Nia® is an awesome method of exercise! You should try it."
~ Laura, Nia® student
"Can't say enough wonderful things about the NIA class at Nautilus in Alton! Liz and Carleen lead u through the process step by step each and every class so you can go to any class when u can. It's a wonderful whole body/mind workout! For those who worry that you won't work up a sweat, never fear- you will sweat! This class is the perfect combination of movement, strength, self-awareness and freedom! I always feel like I've had a full body massage when I leave class! It relieves so much stress and gives you a sense of well-being! Give it a try!"
~ Jennifer, Nia® student
I'm all in for Nia. I'm hooked.
"1 don't want much, I just want more!" Miss Piggy
"Too much is not enuf!" Mick Jaggar
~ Jeff, Nia® student
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